The priority is to win. And whoever says the opposite: he/she lies, is very romantic or will be fired soon. They hire you to get results. This is not a problem, it is simply the condition of this environment. If you want to play this game, you have to know how it works.
So, where is the problem? That situation conditions everything else. First of all, because not everyone can win. It implies that in this context, if a process is good or can be interesting, but does not lead to certain results, it is automatically invalidated.
This approach causes everything to be valued a posteriori, where everyone seems to have things very clear and where everything is explained and justified very easily. However, what you really need is the courage to bet on things that still cannot be seen and accept that if it goes well they will cheer you and if it does not, they will criticize you. But this is not your feedback, it is the feedback of the environment. And the environment always has less information than you, so do not give them so much power, do not pay too much attention to them, be grateful when they take an interest in you and focus on your stuff.
Take this advice:
Do not listen to opinions from people who have less than 30%* of the information about what really happens.
*you can decide the % yourself
Whenever you start a new process (with a team, individual, a season, a competition, a project, etc.) you never know what will happen next (although you will be judged for it). And it is at that moment, where you must define a strategy, a plan, build a preparation and start your path.
It is smart to adapt during the process, but you lose the north if you change every time they make you doubt about results.
You can never know everything, or see the future, although you have to accept the rules of the game if you do not want to go crazy. And for this, we offer you 5 strategies that can help you live in this environment:
Be very clear about what you do and why you do it: The more convinced you are about your proposal, the less doubts will affect you.
Base your process on reliable criteria previously decided: These criteria will be your reference feedback to know if you are on the right track or not. This is the way to avoid hearing the noise.
When things go well: If you do not know what you are doing to make things go well for you, you have a problem. You need to know what is going on, to be able to prolong that situation as long as possible or to know what you have to do to get back there.
When things go wrong: You have to know what your key points are and the criteria not conditioned by the emotion of the results. On what criteria are you going to base yourself to readjust and/or continue.
When in doubt: Always take the decision that makes you go to sleep more peacefully each night. If you are convinced of what you do, it is clear to you, it is structured, you do everything in your power and you seek the benefit of the team or the people you work for, it will be fine, regardless of the result.
Points 1 and 2 can hardly be done without help, because you need perspective, but since you are experiencing everything in the first person, you do not always have it.
Points 3 and 4 depend on your approach in points 1 and 2.
Point 5 is personal and individual. Each person must take responsibility for their own process, regardless of whether we all need help at some point.
To sum up, remember this:
If you do not have criteria, you will have to use it from others, and this is dangerous.
To insist on what you believe, even if they do not support you, you need a plan and be brave.
No matter how obsessed they are with results. Every time a project or competition starts, a new process will begin, and managing it well is what will bring you closer to your goals and results. If you do it the other way around, you start with the result and change everything based on that, you will forget about the process and you will lose yourself.